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Canadian Shady El Nahas wins first IJF gold medal
Canadian Shady El Nahas wins first IJF gold medal
28 Jul 2019 22:05
Mark Pickering - IJF
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Shady El Nahas delivered gold for Canada at the Grand Prix in Zagreb as the youngster went one better than his result at home earlier this month. The 21-year-old Montreal Grand Prix silver medallist, who exploded onto the scene by taking a stunning silver medal at the Osaka Grand Slam last year, has progressed from being a raw talent into being an elite judoka and showed that by overcoming Antalya Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir (FRA) in golden score with a juji-gatame.

In the first semi-final Iddir defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Benjamin Fletcher (IRL) by ippon with a thunderous seoi-nage. In the second semi-final El Nahas bested Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Peter Paltchik (ISR) by a waza-ari score to book a place in the final.

The first bronze medal was won by Paltchik who squeezed past 2017 Zagreb Grand Prix winner Cirjenics Miklos (HUN) by a waza-ari score.

The second bronze medal went to world number eight Jorge Fonseca (POR) who grinded out a narrow win over Fletcher by a waza-ari score from a morote-seoi-nage.